Springfield

Dan Gummel

Downtown Springfield has seen a flurry of development in the last year, with new small businesses, luxury lofts and a brewery all opening their doors.

One of the most high-profile new developments is Hatch Artist Studios, where a $500,000 renovation is transforming the long-vacant Metallic Casket Company complex into studios for artists and small business owners.

Springfield artist and Turner Foundation creative director Rod Hatfield says the complex was chosen for renovation because of its central downtown location and its significance to the city.

At a long meeting Tuesday night, Springfield’s City Commission voted to move forward with a budget that includes cuts to city services following the failure of an income tax levy in November. 

The $800,000 in cuts will affect the city’s municipal courts and parks and recreation department. Money set aside to pay police officers and firefighters for overtime will also be reduced. And, the city says it will close both a fire station and a police substation to further cut costs.

Numbers show Clark County has seen job growth in 2016, but it's unclear whether this positive economic outlook may be impacted by the city of Springfield’s ongoing budget troubles.

 

Recent Clark County investments include development at the Prime Ohio Industrial Park and Wall Street brokerage firm EF Hutton’s decision to relocate its global headquarters to downtown Springfield.

 

April Laissle

About 200 people gathered outside the Clark County Historical Society in Springfield Wednesday afternoon to hear Democratic Vice Presidential hopeful, and Hillary Clinton running mate, Tim Kaine.

 

Kaine spoke just hours before tonight’s third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. He emphasized the critical role Ohio often plays in national elections.

“Ohio is checkmate. If we win Ohio, this race is over,” Kaine told the crowd.

 

Springfield Hosts Presidential Advisors Debate

Oct 6, 2016
Daniel Gummel

This past weekend Springfield played host to a debate between economic advisors for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The debate featured Peter Navarro, a Trump campaign economic advisor and Austan Goolsbee, former senior economic policy advisor for Barack Obama and current Clinton campaign consultant.   Both men presented their candidate’s economic platforms including plans to bring jobs and prosperity back to the region.

State lawmakers are requiring a police officer be posted at each camera, which essentially bans the practice.
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The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a city's challenge to new rules that require a police officer to be present when an automated camera is used to issue traffic tickets.

Springfield's argument against the law was rejected by a county judge last year and the city lost an appeal earlier this year. Nearby Dayton also has an appeal pending before the state's highest court.

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Health officials say more than a dozen people have become sickened by a listeriosis outbreak connected to a Dole processing plant in southwest Ohio.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that three more people have fallen ill, including two from Ohio and one from Missouri. Eighteen people in all have reported bacterial illnesses in nine states— one of whom from Michigan has since died.

Listeriosis is often found in raw vegetables and meats, along with some soft cheeses.

Itinerant Studio: A Big Gem in a Small City

Feb 19, 2016
Dan Gummel

Husband and wife team Tom Heaphey and Vicki Rulli own Itinerant Studio.  A production art company based out of a former dry goods warehouse in downtown Springfield Ohio just down the road from the Clark County Public Library on West Jefferson Street.  Itinerant Studio occupies a unique niche in the art world  creating large print photography on materials like wood, metal and plexiglass and selling to clients all around the world.   Community Voices producer Dan Gummel stopped by to hear the story.

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Can online lists impact us in ways we don’t understand? Are there real world fallouts to being one of the “ten worst” or “ten best”? Community Voices producer Dan Gummel takes a closer look at clickbait.

We’ve all seen those online lists: “The Top Ten Unhappiest Cities in The U.S.” or “The Ten Most Miserable Places to Live in 2015”. Here in the WYSO listening area several cities including Cincinnati, Dayton and Springfield have been named to lists claiming they are unhappy, or dying. But are these lists really accurate?

 

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This summer Project Jericho, a non-profit housed at Clark State in Springfield, hosted a free arts camp for local youth. They hired professional artists from around the country to teach.

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